Incident Summary:

10/31/2018: A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device after entering the Federal Security Bureau (FSB) office in Arkhangelsk, Russia. The assailant was killed and three people were injured in the blast. In a message prior to the attack, the assailant identified himself as an anarchist and stated that he targeted the Federal Security Bureau (FSB) because it "fakes cases and tortures people."




Eastern Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Federal Security Service (FSB)
Specific Description Office
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A homemade explosive device in a backpack was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources refuted the claim.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anarchists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Russia calls deadly bombing at intel building terrorist attack," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 31, 2018.
"Anarchists fear backlash after Russia bombing by teen attacker," South China Morning Post, November 5, 2018.
"Russian suicide bomb kills one and injures three in FSB offices; Teenager reportedly detonates device after entering HQ in north-west city of Arkhangelsk," The Guardian (London), October 31, 2018.